PANTHERS 28

CHIEFS 17 DeShaun Foster showed the Carolina Panthers should be just fine without Stephen Davis.

Running around and through Kansas City's soft defense, Foster carried 32 times for 174 yards, including a team-record 71-yard burst, in leading the defending NFC champion Panthers to a 28-17 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday.

The total was four yards short of the team record held by Davis, who is out indefinitely after spraining his knee in practice last week.

"I had no idea that I was close to the record," Foster said. "I just wanted to get 150 yards," he said. "You always have to step up when somebody goes down."

The Chiefs (0-2) were still within reach at 21-17 when Foster iced the game with his long gallop, which was followed immediately by a three-yard touchdown run that gave the Panthers an 11-point lead with 10 minutes 35 seconds left.

Carolina (1-1) came in missing its top two offensive threats -- Davis and wide receiver Steve Smith (broken leg) -- but had little trouble with the poor-tackling and mistake-prone defense of the defending AFC West champions.

Jake Delhomme threw three touchdown passes for the Panthers, including a three-yard heave in the first quarter on the sort of play that normally gets a quarterback chewed out, or even fined.

On second down from the 3, linebacker Monty Beisel came charging in on a blitz, got a hand on Delhomme's jersey and spun him completely around. But as Delhomme was about to be slammed to the turf, he heaved a floater in the direction of the end zone. Tight end Kris Mangum, who was left uncovered, cradled the ball for a touchdown that made the crowd groan.

"I saw him there and he was wide open," Delhomme said. "I tried to spin and throw it. I needed to get lucky and I did."